Earlier, I was sitting in my sunroom watching the girls play outside. Allyson was walking around watering the weeds, trees and grass, and looking stinkin’ cute doing it. I asked her what she was doing, and this was her response: “I’m helping God water the plants. I can’t do all of it because it’s too big, but I can do the parts that are really thirsty until God makes it rain to water everything.” What an amazing concept to grasp at such a young age! My kids are always teaching me about the depth of God’s love and His call on our lives.
“People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” – Luke 18:15-17
I can become intimidated by how many people there are that need to be reached in just my circle of influence, let alone the world. War, famine, disease, natural disasters … there is a steady supply of those who are lost, hurt and broken. “I can’t do all of it because it’s too big.” If I look at it the way my 6 year old does, “I can do the parts that are really thirsty”, I won’t become overwhelmed. Too often I forget that it’s not about doing all of the work .., it’s about doing my part.
God is the one who supplies the water. He is the one who has made it readily available for everyone who looks for it. For those of us who have found it, we are to fill ourselves up and go out and water what we can. That means watering the sturdy trees, the beautiful plants, and even watering the weeds. (There is an entire reflection on this concept alone, I invite you to spend time reflecting on that for yourself. Post a comment and share your thoughts with others.)
“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14
And “God makes it rain to water everything” so that everyone receives exactly what they need, when they need it.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” – Revelation 22:17
A few minutes after Allyson and I had that discussion, she shared her final profound thought of the day. “Mommy, it’s important to not forget to water yourself. Otherwise you’ll be too thirsty and weak to water everything else.” And Bethany’s reply to that was “Duh! If we didn’t have the water we wouldn’t even be alive enough to notice that anything else even needs the water.” From the mouths of my babes … I think they said it all.
Father God, I pray for my children to continue to grow in their knowledge of You, and their sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. I pray that you would continue to bind our family together, and that your light would shine through us to impact the fallen world around us. I thank you for the blessing of seeing You every day, and for the grace You provide for every moment on my life and the lives of my family. Compel my heart to respond to what is important to you, and anoint my mouth to share the gospel. Amen.